Thursday, July 10, 2008

What does it mean to be charitable?

Charity entered the English language through the Old French word "charité" which was derived from the Latin "caritas". Caritas became the standard Latin translation for the Greek word agapē, meaning an unlimited loving-kindness to all others, such as the love of God.

A charitable organization (also known as a charity) is an organization with charitable purposes only. Charities are all non-profit organizations, however, not all non-profit organizations are charities. Most charities rely on third party funds. More than 80% of the money raised by charities in this country comes from individuals.

Most people have a charity that is close to their hearts. Cookies For A Cause™,our sister non-profit organization has raised several thousand dollars in less than a year and have made contributions to such charities as:

Share Our Strength
Grin Kids
Give The Kids The World
Children's Speedway Charities
Elon Homes for Children
Humane Society
Cornelius Animal Shelter
Lymphoma Research Foundation

and our 2008 Gala which will be held at the Mint Museum & Craft in Charlotte, NC will donate 20% of all sponsor donations to Barium Springs Home For Children.

We would love to hear about your favorite charity. If you have raised money for it, please tell us how you did it! These stories are always sure to inspire someone else to do charitable things.

1 comment:

Diva Elise said...

Giving is infectious! Once you start you want to keep giving more and more. It's the best medicine to help you deal with difficult situations.

Easy Chicken Pasta

Easy Chicken Pasta

What's For Supper Ya'll?

White Beans, Pasta and Chicken
8 ounces dried cavatappi, fusilli, rotini, ditaloni, or other short pasta tubes
1 15- to 19-ounce can cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
12 ounces cooked chicken, shredded
1/4 cup snipped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley sprigs (optional - I usually skip it)
Olive oil (optional - but I recommend at least a little for moisture)
1. In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions; drain well and set aside.
2. In a blender or food processor, combine 3/4 cup of the beans and the chicken broth. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Place bean puree in pan used for cooking the pasta; bring to boiling. Return pasta to pan.
3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook garlic in 1 tablespoon hot olive oil for 1 minute. Add tomatoes; cook for 1 minute. Add the remaining beans, shredded chicken, snipped parsley, pepper and salt. Heat through.
4. Add the tomato mixture to hot pasta; toss to cost. Top with parsley sprigs and additional olive oil. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.
Posted by Stacy Nelson, Easy Dinner

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